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Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG45 Targetmaster Hot Rod

Transformers News: Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG45 Targetmaster Hot Rod
Date: Thursday, October 5th 2017 3:31am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Once more via fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have another Takara Tomy Transformers Legends video review - this time, featuring the Autobot that almost definitely achieved something: LG45 Targetmaster Hot Rod! Check out the video below, plus some thoughts from Chuck, and let us know what you think in the discussion.

Like Kup, Takara went above and beyond with their release of Hot Rod. Retooling the chest and adding its Targetmaster partner is again the cherry on a tight repaint sundae. Caution should be used pegging the chest into place since cracking may be possible. Highly recommended.



Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod
Date: Wednesday, October 4th 2017 11:05am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): D-Maximus_Prime @Seibertron

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Around this time last week, Walmart.com placed an in-stock listing for their exclusive deluxe class Hot Rod figure from Transformers: The Last Knight. I was one of the lucky people who were able to purchase and ship the figure before it went out of stock over the next few days. I received my figure Monday, and have thoroughly enjoyed the figure, so I figured I would share some thoughts with you guys on why he's a good pick up from the line.

We'll start in robot mode, and truthfully, this may be his weakest point. His robot mode is not that bad, it just doesn't have too much exciting stuff going on. He has some beautiful paint work though, and I feel as though the figure is just right in terms of paint applications. The legs are beautifully done, and the orange and silver pop nicely with that smokey black color. My only real complaint of the overall robot mode look are the legs below the knees, which are the exact same as Age of Extinction Lockdown's legs, and don't match up with his movie model that well.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Looking at the headsculpt down below here, it is a nice headsculpt, and is quite movie accurate. It feels a little on the small side though, as if his head is sort of lost between his large shoulders. It does have some nice paint work though, as the whole figure does, and I am satisfied with it. It's sort of cute even.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

While he isn't the most posable of Autobots, he can still throw down a good move or 2, but the arm kibble can hinder his movements some. I also really wish he had come with his time gun, as it was a cool weapon. Even so, I still imagine him shouting "I will stop the time!" in his french accent while pointing in some dudes general direction.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

For the first comparison, here he is with the Age of Extinction 2-pack Bumblebee, as I do not yet have the new The Last Knight Bumblebee. Overall, the 2 look pretty good together, though I really look forward to seeing him with the new Bumblebee.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Also for fun, here is Hot Rod with the aforementioned Lockdown, and also with the Dark of the Moon Roadbuster and the Universal Studios Evac figures, all of which share a similar Transformation scheme to Hot Rod. These 4 figures together are an interesting team, and certainly show how some figures can transform similarly while still being drastically different.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

His Transformation is alright, nothing overly special. But the arms are a nice new trick, and one that I haven't seen before, so I like that little bit of ingenuity. But it is when we get to the alt mode that this figure really shines. The alt mode is perfect. Simply perfect. The vehicle mode is dead sexy and is so smooth and really doesn't look like it should be a robot. It is up there on my list for best alternate modes of any transformer I own, it is that good. The painted rims and the little bit of orange highlighting really helps the figure pop in this mode, and the translucent smokey windows are really cool, just enough so you know they are windows but not enough to really show anything inside. Amazing.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And here we have him with Bumblebee. The pair do look good together, and they scale pretty perfectly with each other. Again, I cannot wait to get the TLK Bumblebee to go with his brother in arms.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Here he is alone with Lockdown, as they both share a similar vehicle mode, and I have to say they did a much better job with Hot Rod. The coloring, the windows, the slightly larger size, it all looks much better with Hot Rod. They made it work.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And to continue with the early comparisons, here is the comparison of Hot Rod with Lockdown, Evac, and Roadbuster. And the same scheme but very different toys line applies here too, it is an amazing look.

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

And finally, a picture of Hot Rod with the main Autobot cast. Minus the Cogman I have yet to get and the Sqweeks I only just realized I forgot to include (whoops!). And he makes a great addition to the team:

Transformers News: Pictorial Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Deluxe Class Hot Rod

Overall, this is a pretty good figure. Alt mode is an absolute stunner, Transformation is pretty good with some original tricks, and the robot mode is pretty good too. My one thing about this toy is it doesn't overly follow his on screen appearance, seeing as how his on screen self was closer to Bumblebee with regards to where the alt mode parts went, such as having car door wings, but the figure is still a pretty good representation of the character. There are no regrets picking him up. He is a fun figure, and if you have the chance, you should check him out too.

:RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS: out of :RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS: :RID-BOTS:

Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Date: Wednesday, October 4th 2017 4:54am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): IDW

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Processor Over Matter
A Seibertron.com review of IDW ROM Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3


Synopsis

Crash-landed on a mysterious planet and pursued by both Decepticons and Dire Wraiths, the Solstar Knights and Autobots will have to set aside their differences in order to save themselves!


Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
ROM: voice of every character in Hasbro Crossovers so far


Story

After the good story starter of issue 1 and then the stall out of issue 2, we are mostly back on track with a pretty good issue 3 of the Transformers vs ROM. The story progressed, we got some great characterization, and we got a good setup for the final 2 issue run.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Sata totally should have surfed on the little yellow rolling disk


Firstly, the positives: Ultra Magnus, at least in this past incarnation of himself, is a great character in the book, and may be the best overall. Following this incarnations actions, such as his dismissive attitude towards organics, how he feels about the Solstar order, and overall how he is such a hardnose to everyone around him, it really is quite a journey. and I love me some Magnus smack talk (or at least I think it was smack... he could be dead serious).

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Wonder if he was taking "Talk 'em to death" lessons from Prowl


Livia is also a pretty great character to follow, and overall I am enjoying the 3 non-transforming Solstar knights we have featured. They each have some good characterization to them, though Livia with her points of view on Wraiths, Cybertronians, and how a planet needs to be razed because Wraiths have set down is interesting to read and follow.

Keeping with the knights, I enjoy this issue from ROM's perspective, though it felt like it did bog the issue down a few times, like the issue should have moved forward that extra step instead of giving that panel or 2 to ROM where it wasn't necessarily needed.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Stardrive and ROM: voices of reason


It was also good to get to Stardrive more, and she does finally regain her share of the issue. I enjoy her as a character, how she tries so hard and feels the pain of her 2 worlds colliding and her simple desire to help. Now mind you that last page is surely setting up the last 2 issues, and it will also set up her fate. It was not what I was expecting to happen, but then again I really should have seen something like that coming. Also, I liked how the actual act of Transforming is used here. It's good to see that seemingly sometimes forgotten aspect of Transformers get overlooked.

One last note is I love the Wraith/Con talk. The Wraiths are creepy and the cons are very distrusting and overall disgusted by the Wraiths, and it is fun to watch how uncomfortable they are with each other. Snarkscream is perfectly suited for his role here, and I continue to hear Steve Blum every time Screamer speaks. The comments thrown around by both sides make me smile too.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
the Blum is strong with this one


Art

Art work for the series continues to be run by Alex Milne, and once again his art has done some justice to the series. One thing that has been stated in past reviews for the series and is worth restating here is his ability to draw the technical, the organic, and find ways to blend the 2. In a series where half the name is robotic and the other half is organic coated in chrome armor, and where the current setting is an organic planet, this attention to detail is key, and Milne continues on with that balance.

Also important is how the artwork handles the Dire Wraiths, which can be difficult considering the whole "organic transformer" sort of ideal behind them. But once again, the artwork is able to handle the transformations and that sort of infestation style the wraiths have in stride.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
Taking lessons from the Fallen


Coloring is handled this issue by Josh Perez, who also does some very nice work, but with an ever so slight critique: the warmth of the environment throughout the issue. The issue makes many remarks on how cold the planet is, yet the coloring portrays a slightly warmer planet than described, with the sky using brighter colors than maybe a dimmer winter evening would usually have and the surrounding landmarks featuring a neutral green that should have been several degrees cooler to properly show the chill of the surrounding landscape.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
See? The explosion blends in more than it super heats it


Lettering is handled by Shawn Lee, and the lettering is done well. One thing I love about the series is how anything associated with the Wraiths has the inverted speech bubble coloring and the font styling. It really helps them stand out and adds another layer of just how bad they really are.

If you're interested in the variant covers, you can find them all in our database entry here. In the thumbnail is the one by Casey Coller!

Final Thoughts

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #3
No... don't remind me


After going slightly off-track with issue 2, I feel issue 3 gets us back on track wonderfully. It was an overall good issue, but yet nothing wholly special. It didn't have that wow factor that left an impression on my mind and memory. But, I will say that with 2 issues to go, I feel this is the best crossover event that has happened thus far, I'd say better than the criminally underrated Revolutionaries series (which was great, honestly!). I look forward to seeing the end of the series, and I hope the final 2 issues can slam this thing home. This has great potential, good writing, great art, and a chance to hold the crown of best crossover event so far. Just avoid too much talk, add some action, and some sort of defining moment to end the series, and BANG! you got it!

Score
:SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: 1/2 Out Of :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS: :SG-BOTS:

Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG46 Targetmaster Kup

Transformers News: Video Review of Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG46 Targetmaster Kup
Date: Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 5:06am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): chuckdawg1999

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Courtesy of fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999, we have a video review of the very recently revealed Takara Tomy Transformers Legends LG46 Targetmaster Kup - in comparison with the Titans Return Hasbro version of the figure, and featuring the Targetmaster Recoil too! Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the Energon Pub.

Once again Takara steps up and goes above and beyond Hasbro giving us the best Kup to date outside of a theoretical Masterpiece. The inclusion of Recoil a new mold update to the G1 Targetmaster is the cherry on the sundae. Highest possible recommendation.



Video Review of Transformers Tribute Bumblebee 3 Pack

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers Tribute Bumblebee 3 Pack
Date: Monday, October 2nd 2017 8:51pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: william-james88 | Credit(s): Chefatron

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Fellow Seibertronian Maverick Prime has just told us that a video review is now up for the Movie Bumblebee Tribute 3 pack. The video review is by Chefatron who compares each toy to their original. It is here that we see how few differences there are on some of them.

Let us know if the lack of differences still warrants double dipping.


Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Strafe, Plus Entire Dinobot Team

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: The Last Knight Strafe, Plus Entire Dinobot Team
Date: Friday, September 29th 2017 3:30pm CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): PrimevsPrime

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Fellow Seibertronian PrimevsPrime has sent us a link to their video review of the Transformers: The Last Knight deluxe class Strafe figure - pretty much a straight repaint of the Age of Extinction Dinobot! You can check out the clip below, and scroll even further down for a full luck at the entire dino-tastic team in their robot and beast modes from the TLK line, too!





Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
Date: Wednesday, September 27th 2017 4:37pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Shut Up, Optimus
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

Captured by Transformers! Even with the Autobots on their side, G.I. Joe is in trouble! Starscream doesn’t trust anyone, much less armed humans who show up during Cybertron’s darkest hour and he’ll do anything he can to keep G.I. Joe under control—including let COBRA get even closer to their goal!

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
Agreed.


Story

We continue our exploration of the wider Hasbro Universe as the First Strike event reaches the second act in its first issue over at IDW Publishing, as writers Mairghread Scott and David A. Rodriguez attempt to bring together and make no one kiss from the various feeble alliances at hand - and Starscream is tired.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
So very tired


The momentum we had seen in the previous three issues seems to have waned a bit by this fourth issue, as the charge of the story is shifted to the two major factions colliding on Cybertron, now that politics and policy take over the immediate response to Ironblood's threat. Which was to be expected narratively, but I think also drags the pacing a little too much - which may be rectified in the next two issues.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
and we all stumble


Look, I like a good dissection of Optimus Prime's character and saviour complex, and I have always enjoyed how Scott included that in her look at religious issues in Cybertronian and its colonies' culture, but one sequence in this issue that once more to that felt a little redundant after the parallels drawn with Scarlett and Soundwave last issue. Either that, or more could've been seeded earlier in the event, if this is going where I think it might.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
buuuuuuuurn


As for characters in general, there are some good moments and snippets for individuals - but Scarlett, like Optimus, unfortunately takes a little too much too far too heavy of a burden for the story and the personal/political side of the event. The back-up story (at the hands of John Barber), on the other hand, was particularly enjoyable, and once more Mayhem steals the scene now that Shazraella is fully introduced (who finally clicks with her WoK drive, too).


Art

Max Dunbar (pencils) and John Wycough (inks) take the lead story's art duties, with Ander Zarate on the colouring side, and I am not entirely conviced, I'll admit. Dunbar's style still feels as though he's trying to adapt to the different moments in the story, but rather than finding a lead motive, it just falls into looking like other art depending on the sequence - not helped by the jarring contrast of heavy inks on an otherwise much lighter touch everywhere else in the issue (Wycough is only pages 3-9), meaning that the Cybertronians in trial are a bit too static for a full appreciation of the exchanges.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
See? The inks are just drowning everything else in her face


As for the small chapter of backstory at the end, on the other hand, the collaboration between Netho Diaz (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), and David Garcia Cruz (colours) meshes really nicely - and not unnecessarily darkly - with Barber's short script, bringing some good spotlights onto Shazraella and Mayhem, still my favourites by far, and the compositions that the difference in scales allow for such a short frame of story space.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike


Gilberto Lazcano takes on the lettering duties in the issue, and I find no faults in his approach to the captions and dialogues, but it takes a long while to see full creativity with the soundscape of the more action-based scenes later on. The cover chosen for the thumbnail is a good summary of the main thread running for the most part of the issue, by talented Alex Ronald and Thomas Teyowisonte Deer -- and all other covers, of which there are many, can be found in our updated entry database right here.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

There have been comments about this event that I strongly disagree with, but I have to admit that this particular issue did not do well what the previous three had handled really quite nicely, by adding some forced parallels, stilted dialogue moments, and pairing them with some not particularly strong visual results to carry the story forward - meaning that a particularly important moment for TF readers may be lost in tonal overbearing.

Transformers News: Review of IDW First Strike #4 #HasbroFirstStrike
basically, #same


I'm not saying it's a bad issue, but it does have its severely dipping moments that it most definitely could not afford at this stage of the event, and by the nature of the event itself, too. Enjoy the Mayhem, enjoy the Starscream, enjoy the jabs at Optimus - and appreciate the difficulty of balancing all of the characters involved. But if this were to be entirely Scarlett's story and her relation to Colton, the issue sunk a bit too far into itself to make any other emotional connection work for me.

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: - out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Date: Wednesday, September 20th 2017 3:46am CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Wife of Karza
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis
The final chapter! Baron Karza has conquered Earth! Only the Micronauts and the Transformers stand against him! Little do they know that a new enemy—a much more dangerous enemy—will rise to challenge friend and foe alike! And one hero makes the ultimate sacrifice!

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
metahumouuuur


Story

We reach the final issue of yet another series (miniseries in this case) which was meant to lead into the First Strike crossover - but as has unfortunately been the record with IDW Publishing in the past year or so, scheduling did not allow this (or Revolutionaries, or Optimus Prime) to reach their full conclusion before the event. Which kind of dampens the book, really.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Still, Acroyear as a pirate


That said, this fifth chapter is still solid in its story overall, and does well enough to give a conclusion to the miniseries that capped off the Micronauts reintroduction to the Hasbro universe, in the hands of Cullen Bunn and Jimmy Johnston - at least from a plot level. The Transformers cast is well used, and there are some very good uses of time messing tropes throughout.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Plus Oz is still Oz


See, the big issue with the book is not the story, but the script itself: specifically, the way in which the dialogue and narration suddenly decide that all the words written needed to sound like a drawn out movie style Optimus Prime that does not know how to properly use the contractions or any type of speech pattern that does not sound less robotic and droning on than the ones used by the humans in their speech patterns.*

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
was that a funny..?


However, even with the bizarre awkwardness of that part of the writing, there's enough to enjoy overall for readers who were following the humour of Oz Rael and the Micronauts in general, and the surprisingly good roundedness of dangerously by-the-numbers villains in Baron Karza, and the real protagonist of the issue: Shazraella.

*credit for this sentence goes to ScottyP


Art

Andrew Griffith, a veteran of Transformers since the complex movie designs, is great to see working on some robots that are not just the Acroyears - but the excellence of switching through an immense number of designs in one long sequence is something truly commendable. I am in awe.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Why is that drill positioned there, though?


Ron Joseph's interlude in time, much shorter here, looks pretty amazing on wider scale, but one particular close up is quite.. disturbing as an image, and I'm not sure what I make of it. But if the art is what provides the basis for the time shifts and ripples, the colours by David Garcia Cruz are what give it the extra shine that was needed to make the magic work - and boy does it work, with both artists.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
That is a cool effect


Tom B. Long on letters has his hands full with a number of variations of the fonts in the various characters' mouths, along with the tricky balance of the time rips and disturbances, but he does an excellent positioning of it all, as usual. The cover used for the thumbnail is by Ray Dillon, but you can find all of the other variants in our Database entry for the issue, right here.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

This was confirmation that Micronauts has always been a series that definitely deserved a lot more attention in the run-up and aftermath to Revolution, and with the general regard of the editors and publishers to allow for it to fit within the scheduling of the various tie-ins and events surrounding it. Bunn and Johnston did good, and it's a shame we couldn't get them to work in sync with the rest of the books.

Transformers News: IDW Hasbro Comics - Review of Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #5 (Final Issue)
Shush, BK


And when I say this, I do mean both the issue and the miniseries as a whole - it'll be interesting to see the continuation of the various characterisations in other books post First Strike, and the ways in which Shazraella will play her part in the event itself (as you will have seen in FS3 this week already, really) and even Baron Karza's return later on. Also, more light on what was stripped from his Enerchanged form and sent travelling through time. I'd like to know that for sure, given its oddly familiar design..

. :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: ½ out of :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO: :HASBRO:

Transformers: The Last Knight Knight Armor Hound Review

Transformers News: Transformers: The Last Knight Knight Armor Hound Review
Date: Tuesday, September 19th 2017 9:35am CDT
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Toy News, Reviews
Posted by: D-Maximus_Prime | Credit(s): Chuckdawg1999

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Thanks to our very own Chuckdawg1999, we have a new review for you today, this time for the Knight Armor Hound figure from Transformers: The Last Knight! Hound is a new mold that is simple in design but mainly designed for the knight armor gimmick, previously seen with Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Grimlock, and Megatron. Check out Chuck's review below, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!

chuckdawg1999 wrote:Hound is the last figure of the Knight Armor subline, of the Turbo Changer subline, of The Last Knight movie line. Transformation is simple as is articulation as the focus is more or the "Armor" gimmick, be aware that the arms like to stick going back into robot mode from the missile truck. While not the best figure of the Knight Armor subline, it does stand out enough to be worth a pickup.


Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
Date: Friday, September 15th 2017 3:54pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IDW

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Transformers vs Rom?
(Spoiler free-ish)



Synopsis

Starscream forges an unholy pact with the Dire Wraiths—and Bumblebee and Ultra Magnus are hot on his trail. Unfortunately for them, Rom and the Solstar Knights don’t know the difference between Autobots and Decepticons—and they’re ready to fight all comers!

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
Even STEVE!


Story

Once again, I find myself apologising for the lateness in delivering a review, and I won't use the usual IDW jab to justify it. The series we cover at Seibertron.com deserve our attention no matter when they come out, and sometimes it's just too much to get all in one go with other news around. So my apologies, and on with the show.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
..ok, posh face


After a fairly impressive opening act with the first issue, Shining Armor #2 does something bizarre for this new mini-series set as a prequel to current Hasbro Universe ongoing events: it stalls. The issue itself is not static, but all the set-ups and building we saw in the first book are effectively just repeated in the second chapter... out of five, which is the frustrating part of this.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
Can you hear the Blum?


Where characters like Starscream get good lines and characterisation (previous points still stand), Ultra Magnus has a lot to be talked about, the Dire Wraiths are a serviceable villain overall - but the supposed pivot of the series, the Cybertronian Knight of the Solstar order, Stardrive, is relegated to background character almost immediately, for the entire issue.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
one of five* panels she's in


There is some more decent world-building, yes, but I was curious to see how Barber and Gage would approach the difficulty of the character they introduced, and am left a little whelmed overall at her handling, to be instead replaced by a lot of fighting and interactions between the Autobot crew and Starscream/Dire Wraiths - a fault of the plot-first approach? More below.


Art

Alex Milne's art is still in top form. There is a good discussion over here about the use of negative space for emphasis, too, in case you're interested. What stands out most for me in this issue are the designs, flitting between organic and mechanic, Cybertronian and Dire Wraith, Solstar Knight and everyone else - and finally, a full Cybetrtonian-Dire Wraith hybrid (infection, really), which I'll leave to you to discover in full.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
but I want to show you the design at least


Josh Perez does not have an easy task with the choice of subject, as the lighting on chrome is different from metal, and different still from organic and spikes - but he performs the duties magisterially, working beautifully in tandem with Milne's lines and compositions.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
ftoom you too


Equally, the lettering by Tom B. Long is very apt in playing with those elements of space mentioned in the Refined Robo article I link to above, and not using up all of the space left by a very dedicated artist with his panels. You can view all the cover variants, with credit, in our Comics Database, as usual, and choose your favourite - but the one used for the thumbnail is the Nick Roche / Josh Burcham one.

Thoughts
Spoilerish ahead

As I said, I wonder whether the elements that made me feel as though I was reading the same issue again have something to do with how the writing task is approached in this series, compared to other methods that Barber usually employs. Point notwithstanding, the preview for issue 3 already shows significant improvement, so we may just be looking at a pacing issue in the serialisation instead.

Transformers News: Review of IDW Rom Vs. Transformers: Shining Armor #2
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I do want to see more of Stardrive. I do want to find out more about the character and her torn origins - but I also feel like Rom fans may also be slighted in this issue, as it's very much about the Cybertronian presence in relation to the wider cosmic order (Council, Consortia, even Solstar Order, but mostly by name and references), and will happily welcome more work from Gage's input in the remaining three books.

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